Investors

Meet the board of directors

GumGum is a global technology and media company specializing in contextual intelligence. For over a decade, we have applied our proven machine learning expertise to extract value from digital content for the advertising and sports industries. We are backed by some of the smartest investors.

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Mark Suster General Partner

Upfront Ventures

Mark Suster is a Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures, where he has led investments including Bird, Density, Invoca, Projector, Solve and Maker Studios (acquired by Disney in 2015.) Mark joined Upfront in 2007 after having previously worked with the firm for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Before joining Upfront, Mark was Vice President, Product Management at Salesforce.com following its acquisition of Koral, where Mark was Founder and CEO. Prior to Koral, Mark was Founder and CEO of BuildOnline, a European SaaS company that was acquired by SWORD Group. Earlier in his career, Mark spent nearly ten years working for Accenture in Europe, Japan and the U.S.

Mark received a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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David Yoo Operating Partner NewView Capital

David is an operating partner at NewView Capital . He has started and scaled business across stages and industries. He holds deep product and strategy expertise, with more than 20 years of experience at hyper-growth companies and Fortune 100 organizations. Prior to joining NewView Capital, he served as the Chief Product Officer at SigFig, American Express Consumer Group, BOKU, and AT&T Interactive. He also held product management, strategy, and marketing roles at Tellme (acquired by MSFT) and PayPal, and co-founded a private school in Los Angeles.

David holds a BS in Managerial Economics from University of California, Davis.

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Melissa Daniels Managing Director

Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital

Melissa Daniels is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, Morgan Stanley’s growth-focused private investment fund targeting equity and credit investments into privately-held businesses.  Previously, Melissa served as Co-Head and Managing Member of Morgan Stanley Venture Partners. She has been at the firm for over 20 years.  Melissa’s investment experience includes software, technology as well as healthcare. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Melissa held operational and management roles in private companies, and also served as staff on a subcommittee of the US House of Representatives.

Melissa earned a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Lisa Licht Global Marketing Advisor

With a reputation built on transforming businesses, creative innovation, and driving people culture, Lisa’s storied career has taken her from banking to Barbie, movies to music, Transformers to tech. While getting her Masters Degree in International Finance at Thunderbird, Lisa took a marketing class and became passionate about what drives consumers, switching her focus and leading her to become, at that time, the youngest marketing manager at Mattel, overseeing the Barbie brand internationally. Parlaying her global marketing expertise, Lisa moved first to 20th Century as SVP Marketing International Fox Home Entertainment and then was promoted to EVP of the Global Partnerships Team, where her accolades included leading The Simpsons Movie's acclaimed marketing campaign, which won Ad Age's Creativity Award and Promotion of the Decade for its transformation of 7-Eleven locations around the country into Simpsons-branded Kwik-E-Marts. Lisa combined her background in toys and entertainment to help Hasbro bring its stable of intellectual properties to film and television with the launch of Hasbro Studios. When Yahoo came calling, Lisa joined the leadership team as SVP of Platforms and Partnerships. Among many firsts, Lisa launched Live 365, a first-of-its-kind live streaming partnership with Live Nation that inspired them to tap Lisa to lead Strategic Partnerships for the CEO which then transitioned into the CMO, Live Nation Concerts role.

As a consultant, Lisa’s clients have included Microsoft Store, Illumination Animation. The AllBright, Exploding Kittens, and CAMEO. She is also on the boards of GumGum (an ad tech platform) and Bryn Pharma (an alternate to the EPI pen).

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Carey Kim Managing Director

Cherng Family Trust (CFT) 
(Board observer)

Carey Kim is a Managing Director in the Alternative Investment group of Cherng Family Trust (CFT), the single family office of Andrew and Peggy Cherng. She is based in Los Angeles, California and is focused on making direct and indirect private equity, private debt and real estate investments. Prior to joining CFT, Ms. Kim spent 15 years at Wells Fargo & Co. and was a Managing Director responsible for sourcing and executing debt facilities in support of leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and growth capital.

Ms.Kim graduated magna cum laude in Business Administration with a minor in Chinese from the University of California, Riverside. She is currently on the board of Lou Malnati’s, Breakaway Capital, FCL Partners and the California Science Center (Trustee). She is also a board observer of Gum Gum and Sweetwater.

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Holger Staude

Board Member

Goldman Sachs Growth

Holger is a managing director in the Growth Equity team within the Merchant Banking Division. In his current role, he invests in growing private companies in the technology sector. Holger joined Goldman Sachs in 2010 as an analyst and was named managing director in 2019. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at Allen & Company in 2009. Holger serves as a director or observer on the boards of Acronis, CallMiner, Deepwatch, Egnyte, Infinidat, Innovid, Kaltura and ON24. Holger graduated with a BA in Economics from Princeton University in 2009.

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Allison Berardo

Board Advisor

Goldman Sachs Growth

Allison is a Vice President in the Growth Equity team with the Merchant Banking Division. She invests in private companies in the consumer technology sector. Allison joined Goldman Sachs in 2013 as an analyst. Allison serves as director or observer on the boards of Burst Oral Care, Moonbug, and Kate Farms. Allison graduated with a BA in Economics from Harvard College in 2013.